NAfter years of protests, the Cleveland Indians from Major League Baseball are separating from their racist name, according to reports from the American media. The “New York Times” and the “Washington Post” reported on Sunday (local time) about the decision, which could be made official this week. The Ohio baseball team has been called the Cleveland Indians since 1915.
A new name and the schedule have not yet been set. After the Washington Football Team, which split from its old name Redskins (Redskins) in the summer, the baseball players are the second team from one of America’s major leagues to give in to pressure. “What’s happening? This is not good news, even for ‘Indians’, ”commented the incumbent American President Donald Trump on Twitter.
Cleveland had already separated from its mascot, an Indian caricature, last year. When the football players from the capital announced the decision to part with the nickname Redskins in July, the Indians for their part announced an in-depth study of their own name.
Criticism of the names – including that of the Kansas City Chiefs from the NFL or the Chicago Blackhakws from the NHL – has been around for years. After the death of the African-American George Floyd in May and the ensuing anti-racism protests in the United States, pressure also increased on these teams. The Chiefs and Blackhakws are not aware of any plans to change their team names.